Mention the word worship today and each person will have their own version or way to think about worship. They will have ideas of what is suppose to happen.
For example, when mentioning The Tabernacle of Moses the pattern for worship brings to mind progression. From one place to another. Start at the outer court, on to the inner court, and finally the Holy of Holies.
Where do these staring points come from? Today I am looking at three areas we use to measure or determine our framework or pattern for worship.
They are, proximity, practice, and person. All of these relate to the presence of God.
Our modern worship patterns have taken their starting point measurements from the study of two tabernacles. The Tabernacle of Moses and The Tabernacle of David. Each one having it’s own dimensions that affected or guided the way we worship.
The Worship Reformation is bringing a third way for us to pattern our worship or measure the starting point. It is The Tabernacle of God (Rev. 21:3.)
The Tabernacle of God brings us passed the longings of proximity and practices and onto the Person of God Himself. Let’s take a look at all three.
Three Ways The Modern Church Measures The Starting Point Of Worship
1. Proximity. Proximity is the state of being near. Or even more, the quality or state of being proximate: closeness. Proximity causes us to think about where we are in relationship to the presence of God.
How close you are to the Ark of His presence and the Holy of Holies. He is there and I am here. How do I get there?
An outward to inward approach which requires that we follow the pattern of atonement and eventually go behind the veil. An atonement approach used for worship based on the temple design.
When we mention the The Tabernacle of Moses we think of Moses (Exodus 28.) The temple system kept us separated by a veil. It is based on where we worship.
2. Practice. Practice is to live according to the customs and teachings of religion or in this case worship.
When we mention The Tabernacle of David we think of David (2 Sam. 6.) How he worshiped and the ways he worshiped. We’ve even sung that we would dance like David danced.
David taught us how to worship based on his relationship with God and not proximity to God. Relationship trumps proximity.
Practice causes us to think about how David worshiped and then employ those psalmic forms of worship. This is how we worship. He taught us how to worship in new covenant fashion before the new covenant existed.
He showed us how to worship without a veil and to boldly come into the presence of God through relationship with Jesus.
3. Person. When we mention The Tabernacle of God who do we think of? God. God himself will be with us. He will be our God and we shall be His people.
Revelation chapter 21 shows us that there is no need of the sun or moon because God and The Lamb are its light. No need for the temple for God and The Lamb are its temple.
When what we have longed for is finally here it changes our thinking from longing to fulfillment. We’re going to measure worship by who He is. The starting point is based on who we worship.
There comes a time when proximity is irrelevant, practices are perfected, and He is Personified.
God’s presence causes the external existence of His Holy City. No more temporary tabernacles or tents pointing symbolically to what is to come. What is to come – will be.
So how should we measure the starting point of worship? Jesus. Emmanuel. God with us.
Check out my blog 5 Realities of God’s Presence That Every Worship Should Experience for a greater understanding.
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